7.13.2016 Daily Links

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/11/business/dealbook/ufc-sells-itself-for-4-billion.html – As the butchery and anxiety, the pent up frustration and omnipresent fury of lives in the midst of treachery and chaos and decline, erupt and bleed all round us, an assessment of a diversion from that psychic ennui and sense of pending implosion, in the form of a brutal and bloody ‘sport,’ the mixed-martial-arts manifestation of the past few decades that, just now, is commanding a multi-billion dollar price tag as its battered and bleeding ‘stars’ are lucky to pull in a few hundred thousand dollars for combat that is difficult to manage more than once a year, a take in the lead from New York Times‘ “Business Dealbook” that a New Yorker article also analyzes, ‘the end of the Ultimate Fighting Championship as we know it,’ an investment in gore and horror and shortened lifespans for the sporting play of watching two people try to beat each other to the point of lethal poundings, albeit the skill that these bouts necessitate and the incredibly honed physical potency that this U.F.C. lifestyle elicit serves as testimony to just how monstrously powerful human beings can become, a dichotomy of awe and revulsion that scrappy scribes and stalwart citizens might mull over at some point before the entire circus of contemporary capitalism comes to pieces.

                    This Day in History                  

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CC BY by Jeremy Sutcliffe

Seven and a half centuries plus six years ago, the Teutonic Knights of the Livonian Order faced its most crushing defeat at the hands of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy at the Battle of Durbe; two hundred and twenty-nine years before the here and now, the still only ‘Continental Congress’ enacted the Northwest Ordinance which provided rules for the admission of territories as states and set limits on the expansion of slavery; six years subsequently, in 1793, across the Atlantic pond in France, the thinker and activist Jean Paul Marat died at the hands of assassin Charlotte Corday; half a decade onward from that, in 1798, across the English Channel, along the river Wye, William Wordsworth found himself so enchanted with Tintern Abbey that practically on the spot he composed one of his more famous poems that imagined being miles above the lovely spot; thirty-two years henceforth, in 1830, half a world away on the Subcontinent, Scottish ecclesiastic functionaries joined with local Indians to establish  a General Assembly’s Institution, which transformed into the Scottish Culture College, in Calcutta, India; MORE HERE

                A Thought for the Day                

Perhaps the most tragic outcome of the omnipresent mediation of make-believe and the resulting destruction of any analytical acuity to comprehend society and call forth a sustainable evolution is that the fake creativity of surreal and socially false storytelling guarantees that neither the engaged imagination nor the apropos inventiveness necessary to solve our problems will prove possible.

                  Quote of the Day                       

“Five years have past; five summers, with the length

Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a soft inland murmur.—Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.
The day is come when I again repose
Here, under this dark sycamore, and view
These plots of cottage-ground, these orchard-tufts,
Which at this season, with their unripe fruits,
Are clad in one green hue, and lose themselves
‘Mid groves and copses. Once again I see
These hedge-rows, hardly hedge-rows, little lines
Of sportive wood run wild: these pastoral farms,
Green to the very door; and wreaths of smoke
Sent up, in silence, from among the trees!
With some uncertain notice, as might seem
Of vagrant dwellers in the houseless woods,
Or of some Hermit’s cave, where by his fire
The Hermit sits alone. MORE HERE

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A brief and yet profoundly and deeply reported documentation of how monopoly-agricultural interests in the Philippines have promoted a ‘Golden Rice’ that through the legerdemain of genetic engineering promises to address the Vitamin-A deficiency that plutocratic impoverishment produces with a technical rather than a social solution, the end result of which will be accelerated profits, increased monopolization, furthered small-farm destruction, and even greater malnutrition and inequality.


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Exciting Opportunities for Humanities Learning

A Truth Dig post that looks at attempts to bring back that which has been lost in education all this time: “The Humanitas program involved a collaborative format with history and art teachers (we had no philosophy component), and it felt like an exciting idea. The training conducted by Anstead and other colleagues was thorough, rigorous and always intellectually stimulating. It was bolstered with staff development sessions conducted by the Humanitas Initiative and its flagship team. A fraternal feeling grew between the program’s teachers in the district as we learned how our colleagues at other schools were developing units, themes and essay questions.”




Political Betting Markets

A Slate look at the conditions of predictions markets, which seek to predict the outcome of events such as political election outcomes, and why they have grown problematic: “Prediction markets took a lot of heat for their prediction on Brexit (holding steady with a predicted probability 25 percent during the week leading up to the vote while polls did not flip from “Leave” to “Remain” until the final day). Probabilistic predictions can and will “fail, ” but it is good to understand why this is happening. Prediction markets have a strong track record and people trust them. And that actually may be the problem right now.”



Chimeral Progress and Ethical Quandaries

A chilling Aeon essay that looks at where humanity is going in its pursuit of eternal life, health without health habits, and in general accept scientism’s abominations: “Scientists in the United States are creating so-called ‘human-pig chimeras’ which will be capable of growing the much-needed organs. These chimeras are animals that combine human and pig characteristics. They are like mules that will provide organs that can be transplanted into humans. A mule is the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). Horses and donkeys are different species with different numbers of chromosomes, but they can breed together.”